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  • $393 goal

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Ms. DeSimone
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households
  • 5 donors
  • $0 still needed

The Urban Novel Book Bin Is Empty Ms!

My students need 23 urban novels, including "Survivin' Tha Game" and "My Skin Is My Sin".

I am an eighth grade literacy teacher in a Title one, high need, inner city middle school.

My students are reluctant readers who have a hard time finding books they enjoy. As we all know, the more they read, the more they will improve. They have found that urban novels are books that they can relate to. They are always asking for more. Unfortunately, the 4 urban novels that are in my class library are not enough to supply my 90 students.

I am asking for a selection of teen fiction urban novels to provide my students the genre they enjoy and feel confident reading. These books will touch the lives this year of 90 students alone!

Your very kind donation will help nurture a love of reading in these students who otherwise are forced to read books that do not engage them and that they do not connect with. Thank you in advance for giving each young man and lady the opportunity to develop a love of reading.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven Dawn Turner Trice • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Survivin' Tha Game Leila Jefferson • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1) Cassandra Clare • Barnes and Noble $8.99 1 $8.99
Push: A Novel Sapphire, Ramona Lofton • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
A Hustler's Son Toy Styles • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Bright Shiny Morning James Frey • Barnes and Noble $21.56 1 $21.56
Native Son Richard Wright, Arnold Rampersad (Introduction) • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
The Street Ann Petry • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Imani All Mine Connie Rose Porter • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Bad Guys Linwood Barclay • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Big City Cool: Short Stories about Urban Youth M. Jerry Weiss (Editor), Helen S. Weiss (Editor) • Barnes and Noble $8.05 1 $8.05
Ball Don't Lie Matt de La Pena • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
My Skin Is My Sin Dejon • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Concrete Candy: Stories Apollo, Anchor Books • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
Elsewhere Will Shetterly • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Teenage Bluez: A Collection of Urban Stories Khadijah Knight, K. Cain, Ashley Jones • Barnes and Noble $9.89 1 $9.89
The Willow Tree Hubert Selby, Jr. Selby • Barnes and Noble $23.35 1 $23.35
The Willow Tree Hubert Selby • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Ride Wit' Me: A Young Adult Urban Tale Katina King • Barnes and Noble $10.80 1 $10.80
Wednesday's Woes Gayle Jackson Sloan • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Harder Sha • Barnes and Noble $13.50 1 $13.50
My Abnormal Life Lee McClain • Barnes and Noble $5.39 1 $5.39
And It Goes like This... G. Andi Rhos • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35

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